1. What are the advantages of owning a train horn?
Primarily, a train horn signaling system will increase your chance of being heard in an emergency situation. Often, in the roar of high speed big rigs on the interstate, a stock horn may not be heard. Your new air horn system will be heeded in all situations, from a child about to run in the street to retrieve a ball to an approaching car about to drift into your lane.
Oh yeah, did we mention that they are a lot of fun?
2. I'm concerned about installation. Can I do this myself?
Kits are meant for easy installation. The concept is simple--basically, the compressor feeds the tank which feeds the horn. Components are powered by 12V standard DC vehicle power. Everything that you need including air hose, fittings and wiring is included in the kit. Still, figure at least a couple hours or more depending on the sophistication of your install.
Follow the directions closely for a good installation. Don't forget to use thread tape on all air ports for an air tight install. Don't leave out any components. We can't be responsible if components fail due to an improper install or inappropriate operation.
Your installation will go quicker with a knowledgeable friend helping out. Many users feel more comfortable hiring a garage to do the work. If you want to go this route, and you have no preference, we recommend contacting a business that specializes in alarm/remote starter/audio installations as they are very familiar with 12V DC wire-ups and routing wires.
3. What about support?
We're here for you both before and after the sale via e-mail and phone support. Ask for Gene.
4. After I order, how long until I receive my train horn?
Most items ship within 48 hours from order. In the continental US, shipping time is typically 5-7 business days. We will contact you if there is an undue delay in the processing or shipping of your order. We recommend your signature at delivery for more expensive kits such as the HornBlasters and Nathan packages, for your protection and ours. We can ship to an alternate address.
5. What's the difference between your train horns and kits and others I see on the internet.
Cheap kits are sold without regard to quality components. Expect two liter or smaller tanks (good for just a couple toots), cheap compressors that work slowly and noisily and inefficient plastic horns. You get what you pay for. We have the best train horn kits in all our price ranges, from entry level to ultra sophisticated. We have the widest selection on the internet. We have the luxury of pulling the best from several leading manufacturers. No matter which you choose, at TrainHorn.org you will receive a quality system that will produce the loud penetrating air horn sound you're looking for.
6. Why don't I see db ratings for your kits?
Don't be fooled! Like watts for amplifiers, db ratings are often misleading. Under what circumstances were the decibels determined? How far away from the horn was the measurement taken? What device was used to measure? When was it last calibrated? What was the input psi? Was the db rating simply pulled out of a hat? Many are to fool unsuspecting customers.
BEWARE OF THE DB RACE! Many ratings we see are ridiculous. Any exposure to a true 170+ dB sound causes immediate ear damage (and produces actual pain). Be assured our horns are very loud! We design that right in from the get-go. Generally, the higher the stage/level, the louder the horn. Our kits/horns fall in the 145-154 db range which is extremely loud and will be heard in all real life situations.
7. Does your merchandise carry a warranty?
Yes. Our products carry the standard warranty from the manufacturer for these type components. See our Terms and Conditions under "Links" for details.
8. What's the difference between the name brands you carry?
We carry only pro grade high quality systems. Don't trade a few dollar savings for continuing troubles and headaches. It's just not worth it. Be sure to compare component capacities to make sure they will fit your needs and space limitations. Each line contains differently sourced components but, for a particular price bracket, are very similar.
9. Why the different size tanks?
The larger the tank, the more blasts between re-fills. You'll have to balance tank size with the space you have in your vehicle.
For more train horn information, see our train horn blog.